APFCM was started by Emeritus Board Member Chaplain Bert McQueen in 1980 and in 1986 was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The current Executive Director is Chaplain Diane Peterson.
APFCM has an active board which is listed on the "APFCM Board" page.
APFCM provides services regardless of faith, sex, race, etc.
Chaplains' focus on serving in the ways that will be most beneficial to those in need.
There are approximately 100 Chaplains throughout Alaska affiliated with APFCM. APFCM provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Last year this accounted for over 57,500 hours of service. Additionally there are over 300 Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) volunteers. APFCM has trained over 700 individuals in ICISF courses.Police and Fire chaplains are specifically trained to work during Traumatic Events. APFCM also is the spiritual response advisor for the Alaska VOAD. PURPOSE AND GOALS: Our primary focus is on the officers, fire personnel and emergency services staff, then the communities they serve. Chaplains are frequently called when a death has occurred and often assist by offering emotional support, information, and resources to survivors on the scene. POSSIBLE CHAPLAIN FUNCTIONS:
- Assist and give emotional support to officers, firefighters, department staff, or family members with personal and professional issues.
- Visit sick or injured officers, firefighters, personnel and family members.
- Assist in making death notifications.
- Provide assistance/crisis intervention to victims of traumatic incidents.
- Provide training in topics: suicide prevention, death notifications, stress management, grief, ethics, family life, pre-retirement courses, several ICISF courses, etc.
- Coordinate as part of crisis intervention response debriefing team and provide CISM programs
- Facilitate Survivors of Suicide Support group.
- Serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community.
- Perform weddings or funerals.
- Participate in formal functions and offer blessings.
- Serve on review, awards, or internal review boards, and other committees.